Kyiv is a beautiful city with its centuries-old history and traditions. And if you come here in spring at Easter time, you will be able to find out how Ukrainians follow Easter traditions. Even if you are not very religious, you won’t be bored in this city, because Kyiv can boast a plenty of tourist attractions. In addition to churches, there are numerous museums, theaters, exhibitions, and parks, and other places of interest, which you can visit during your Easter holidays in this ancient city.
Hryshko National Botanical Garden
The National Botanical Garden was founded in 1936 and named after the botanist Mykola Hryshko. It occupies the territory of 120 hectares. The botanical garden can rightly boast a rich collection of tropical and subtropical plants from all over the world (including roses, peonies, magnolias, and lilacs). Here the visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of 21 kinds of lilac and 350 kinds of orchids. The garden consists of several floristic complexes (such as Ukrainian Carpathians, Caucasus, Plains of Ukraine, Central Asia, Crimea, Western Siberia, Altai and Far East). If you love the nature, the Botanical Garden is an excellent place for spending time with your children and friends in fine weather.
Gryshko National Botanical Garden
1 Timiryazevskaya street
Tel.: +38 (044) 295-41-05/08-66
8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. from May till August
8:00 a.m. and till dusk in period from September till April
The greenhouse is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Monday and Tuesday.
Boat Trip along the Dnieper River
One of the best ways to spend Easter holiday in Kiev is to make a boat trip along the Dnieper River. From the boat you will be able to see the most outstanding sights of the city (such as Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Vydubytskyi Monastery, People’s Friendship Arch, Monument to Volodymyr the Great, and St. Andrew’s Church), admire the scenic landscape of the Dniper river, the third longest river in Europe, and listen to an English-speaking guide, who will tell you about the history of the city.
3 Poshtova Ploshcha street, Kiev River port
Tel: +38(044) 4251268, +38(063)451548
Duration of the tour: 1-3 hr
Dates: every day upon request from May until September
Departure: from Pochtova Station
This ancient monastery complex is considered to be ‘the second Jerusalem’. The Lavra was founded by Antony and his follower Feodosy in 1051. Nowadays it occupies the territory of 28 hectares. It will take you half a day to see all its sights. However, Lavra must-visit places are the famous caves with mummified monks and the Byzantine-style Dormition Cathedral built in 1089. If you visit Kyiv Pechersk Lavra on Easter Sunday morning, you will be able to observe how Ukrainian people celebrate Orthodox Easter.
15 Lavrska street
National Opera of Ukraine
Being the third oldest in Ukraine, the National Opera of Ukraine was built in 1867. Today, the opera house is a cradle of Ukrainian culture. Its visitors can enjoy ballet or opera performances from all over the world in the heart of Kiev. It is located near Zoloti Vorota metro station. This place is the best choice for all music lovers.
50 Volodymyrska street
Box-office hours: Monday: 11:00-19:00
All other days: from 11:00-19:30
Being the largest zoo in Ukraine, the Kiev zoo was founded in 1908. It is located downtown and occupies a huge territory of 40 hectares. It can boast more than 2000 fauna representatives on its territory (such as mammals, snakes, birds, and insects), and over 130 different kinds of trees. It is a wonderful place for parents, and children, and romantic couples.
32 Peremohy avenue
Tel. +38 (044) 277-47-69
Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00-18:00
Planetarium was established 60 years ago. This place is excellent for spending a great time with your family or friends. By visiting the Planetarium you will be able to go on a cosmic journey through the Milky Way Galaxy and see the most distant corners of the Universe.
57/3 Velyka Vasylkivska street
Tel.: +38 (044) 287-75-08
There are a lot of interesting places that can be seen during your stay in Kiev. However, the above-mentioned attractions are the most popular among locals and guests of the city.
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